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Viceroy of Afghanistan 16 December 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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In August, Afghan soldiers in Wardak Province secured the scene of a truck fire. The driver said he was attacked by the Taliban. [Moises Saman for The New York Times]

Looking around for a piece on Afghanistan to put with the photo… I landed on a Chris Floyd round up piece at Global Research.. quoting at length from a Guardian report I had read during the night…

The first bomb hit a large group of children who had run on ahead of the main procession. It killed most of them instantly.

A few minutes later, the plane returned and dropped another bomb, right in the centre of the group. This time the victims were almost all women. Somehow the bride and two girls survived but as they scrambled down the hillside, desperately trying to get away from the plane, a third bomb caught them. Hajj Khan was one of four elderly men escorting the bride’s party that day.

“We were walking, I was holding my grandson’s hand, then there was a loud noise and everything went white. When I opened my eyes, everybody was screaming. I was lying metres from where I had been, I was still holding my grandson’s hand but the rest of him was gone. I looked around and saw pieces of bodies everywhere. I couldn’t make out which part was which.”

Relatives from the groom’s village said it was impossible to identify the remains. They buried the 47 victims in 28 graves.

Stories like this are relatively common in today’s Afghanistan. More than 600 civilians have died in Nato and US air strikes this year. The number of innocents killed this way has almost doubled from last year, and tripled from the year before that. These attacks are weakening support for the Afghan government and turning more and more people against the foreign occupation of the country…

It has to be said, Viceroy of death…

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1. catnip - 16 December 2008

From the last thread:

I think the vast majority of this riidiculous internet bullshit would be eliminated if people used their real names. That’s why I use mine. I suggest everyone else do the same. I even put my face out there.

So, what do you want? A Blogger’s Trophy? In case you’ve missed reality since Internets Time began, there are some very good reasons for some people to blog anonymously. Suggest all you want, dear, but I won’t sacrifice my personal safety for your desires.

2. BooHooHooMan - 16 December 2008

I dunno I kinda agree with HRH.

I really don’t understand all the fuss, the obsessive need to conceal.
maybe I’m naive. I went with: “Hitler”. It didn’t go over too well.

3. catnip - 16 December 2008

As for Dave’s “investigation”, if he had actually sent out those “media kits”, he would have been laughed at. There was so much inside baseball included (donuts, ratings, trolls etc) that it would have been seen as Revenge of the Blog Nerds. You’d think he would have seen that since he claims to be a journalist (or to have studied journalism or whatever).

4. catnip - 16 December 2008

2. the obsessive need to conceal.

Think “women’s shelter” and get back to me.

5. catnip - 16 December 2008

From the Things That Make You Go Hmmm… department: Rep. Jackson Said to Have Reported Blagojevich

As Teh CNN talking heads noted: odd that Jackson had been hit up before and then came out shocked last week that Blago was so corrupt.

6. catnip - 16 December 2008

Oops. HTML toxic spill on aisle 4.

link

7. lucid - 16 December 2008

We’ve had this discussion before here, and iirc it was some random dude who assailed Mcat about her anonymity… circa summer 1997.

I don’t care one way or the other. My real identity is open to anyone who follows links. I blog under my handle because I have for 6 years and people know it – no sleight of hand or sockpuppetry.

And I’m bored by trying to figure out who anyone is. Yeah, I e-mailed some solicited porn fantasies to someone I probably shouldn’t have 3 years ago upon request [with my name attached]… I’m embarrassed… so what.

Nothing I’ve done online is different from who I am in my daily life.

There are many reasons to keep your online identity private. And those that do, should be respected for that.

I mean honestly, we’re typing at each other.

You know my identity Heather, in real life – as does everyone else here, though the others haven’t gotten piss drunk with me after listening to a Slovenian band in the East Village.

Let alone what should be let alone.

8. marisacat - 16 December 2008

I did not buy the JJjr slobber.. I picked it up off ABC7 in Chicago… It jsut reminded me of the sort of low church patois he fell to in the first days…

“.. and impossibiliteee to a certainteee”.

The con si really wearing. No matter what color and con game/scam/cya is delivering it. He was pissed his wife was shafted over ANOTHER con game.. the lottery. And started chatting to someone, whomever…

Before the Indian contingent worked to buy the seat I was a snitch. I swear! No not a snitch!! Now i have it! Not a snitch!! I was a Federal Confidential Informant! To a certainteee!

9. lucid - 16 December 2008

oh – that would be circa summer 2007…

10. BooHooHooMan - 16 December 2008

Catnip I agree. I was being sarcastic.

Sarcasm on the tubes one of my lesser gigs.
What works for anyone, or to whatever degree or purpose,
should in no way be pushed on others.

11. lucid - 16 December 2008

I guess that should read ‘leave alone what should be left alone…’

12. lucid - 16 December 2008

Challenged…
Bed.

13. marisacat - 16 December 2008

I always turned down any request that Kos or whomever contacted me with to speak to some reporter. Why bother. At one point it was The News Hour.. I said no. And was very relieved when I saw the segment… TNH spent the day pretty much with a couple of men. Neither liberal (so I was safe all along)… into their homes and their blog reading routines. No thank you. I am not MSOC, living to be spoken to.

THEN I was contacted by a reporter from the East Bay Express … right after election. I was already at LSF.. I thought, well why not, ti was by email… and because there had jsut been a very odd siege at LSF for 5 hours the last weekend in November I asked that If I answered some questions about DKos to use my moniker. She said yes… Then as I read the published article.. I noticed that the people spoken to all had a connection to DhinMI. One was *mptywh**l. They all used their real names. Did he think I would be so gullible.

He is a low level asshole thug, low tricks and whatever else. His ex wife contacted me at LSF as the 5 hour siege was on-going, it was pretty ugly and all directed at me… Dancing Larry suggested I ask her if it was Houle. All she would cop to was ti might be oh that compadre of his… I forget their names. Real asshole FPer… And said “they had cyber trolled together”. I took that to mean low level shit work for the party. Which I think is the background of too many there and elsewehre.

Too many of those people from the gutters of the party. Not that the so called heights are any different.

They can take a hike and I feel more comfortable if they don’t have my name.

14. catnip - 16 December 2008

10. Catnip I agree. I was being sarcastic.

Sorry!

15. catnip - 16 December 2008

8. Before the Indian contingent worked to buy the seat I was a snitch. I swear! No not a snitch!! Now i have it! Not a snitch!! I was a Federal Confidential Informant! To a certainteee!

I think I was in Dave mode when you made that comment before and didn’t follow the link. Whatever Jackson’s doing, he’s definitely not helping his career. Not that I care about that. It’s just all quite bizarre.

16. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Sounds like they are turning on each other. Congealing News at 11!!

17. marisacat - 17 December 2008

One of Charlie’s beloveds is on, Kissinger. On the challenges facing ObamaRama.

18. catnip - 17 December 2008

17. One of Charlie’s beloveds is on, Kissinger. On the challenges facing ObamaRama.

I just missed him but caught the Harvard prof on the economy. He’s quite the bubbly guy but what kept nagging at me was how things are supposed to change when capitalism as it stands is seen as the only viable model. And I keep wondering where Obamalama is going to get all of this money for these infrastructure, education etc etc projects.

19. catnip - 17 December 2008

This is a huge about face for our PM: Depression possible: Canadian PM. Not that we sane people out here didn’t know he was lying through his teeth when he was singing Everything’s Coming Up Roses during the election campaign.

20. marisacat - 17 December 2008

in the teaser clip the Harvard guy looked impossibly simplistic about things. Sophomoric to say the least.

21. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Not that we sane people out here didn’t know he was lying through his teeth when he was singing Everything’s Coming Up Roses during the election campaign.

The oppo contradict him or challenge him in any way?

Because we have def had elections where both sides knew really baaad economic numbers would be coming up AFTER election and agree to leave it to the side, utterly, in the campaigning.

22. Heather-Rose Ryan - 17 December 2008

MCat, of course you can do what you wish, I wasn’t directing my comments at you, and I’m not trying to provoke you or anyone into revealing their real name.

All I’m saying is that for those who thrive on being online bullies, anonymity is essential. Thanks to the ease with which they can create new online identities, they can multiply themselves endlessly, like a CGI special-effect, and pretend they’re a massive majority. Of course they have to talk to themselves a lot, but they’re used to that.

23. catnip - 17 December 2008

21. The oppo contradict him or challenge him in any way?

Every single day. At least the wanker wasn’t given a majority.

24. Heather-Rose Ryan - 17 December 2008

Hey, I love Canada, but the Queen is on the money. Nuf sed.

25. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

First Faceplant Performed in the U.S.

Not exactly.

Cleveland Clinic surgeons have performed the nation’s first near total face transplant, officials said on Tuesday. The patient is a woman who was not identified.

Three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China. All have involved using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.

The Cleveland surgical team, led by Dr. Maria Siemionow, said it had replaced about 80 percent of the patient’s face with that of a dead woman in the last two weeks. The doctors offered no details on the patient, but said they would discuss her surgery at a news conference on Wednesday.

26. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Tricky wording… I remember the first woman in France… and saw pics of the Chinese face transplant. Reminds me of the day the story of the first heart transplant hit.

27. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Chris Hedges on the latest siege of Gaza..

[T]he Israelis in Gaza, like the American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, are foolishly breeding the next generation of militants and Islamic radicals. Jihadists, enraged by the injustices done by Israel and the United States, seek to carry out reciprocal acts of savagery, even at the cost of their own lives. The violence unleashed on Palestinian children will, one day, be the violence unleashed on Israeli children. This is the tragedy of Gaza. This is the tragedy of Israel.

28. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Democracy NOW!:

AMY GOODMAN: Bill McKibben, I’d like to ask you to stay with us. We’re going to break. But last comment, Andrew Revkin of the New York Times, on where you see the direction of the Obama energy team going?

ANDREW REVKIN: Well, there’s two directions: legislation and innovation. And legislation is going to be all focused on trying finally to get through Congress a cap-and-trading system. That’s what Obama said he was going to push for. There is disagreement among economists and some environmental experts on whether that’s better than an outright tax on the carbon content in fuels, but something—it’s going to be a challenge there, because coal and energy are not sort of red state-blue state issues. They’re black state issues, meaning there are fossil states that are Democratic, there are fossil states that are Republican. And that’s what makes this so dogged and challenging politically.

On the other side, though, it’s clear—and again, Dr. Chu at Energy Department recognizes—that we’ve completely disinvested in energy research in this country for the last thirty years, as has Europe, the same deal. We’ve just sort of put it on—it’s like we plug in and don’t think about it.

And when you look at our energy research budget compared to our budget for the National Institutes of Health, for what happened during the Apollo program, those were tens of billions of dollars a year to go to the moon, to fight cancer, and $80 billion a year to fight wars. That’s basic research. Our basic research budget for energy, including getting more coal out of the ground, not just solar panels, is $1 billion a year. It’s chump change.

29. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Cpunch on the [partial, flickering] light being shone on Fascist Spain

The Church, for example, was responsible for taking babies and children away from mothers (“red mothers,” as they were called by the fascist forces, including the religious orders) who were jailed, exiled, or assassinated, and giving the children (without parents’ or families’ permission) to ­­­­­­­­families close to the fascist regime who wanted children or to religious institutions as recruits for their orders. All of these children were given new names and did not know their true ancestry. As Dr. Vallejo Najera, the ideologue of the Spanish Army, indicated, this state policy was “necessary to purify the Spanish race,” stopping the contamination of children with the pathological values of their red parents. Many of these parents were in the Army’s concentration camps, where prisoners were the subjects of biological and psychological experiments. These camps were supervised by the German Gestapo, which later developed and expanded such studies in the Nazi concentration camps.

30. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Lordy. dfq now retracts his story. Unless of course he gets new information. Or pigs do somersaults … horses sing opera.

31. Hair Club for Men - 17 December 2008

All I’m saying is that for those who thrive on being online bullies, anonymity is essential. Thanks to the ease with which they can create new online identities, they can multiply themselves endlessly, like a CGI special-effect, and pretend they’re a massive majority. Of course they have to talk to themselves a lot, but they’re used to that

Exactly. You’ve just summed up why FSZ is a complete waste of time.

While I can understand why some people would want to remain anonymous online (abused women running from their husbands, people who live in China or Saudi Arabia) for anonymity to be successful there has to be an extraordinarily high level of trust and maturity.

Without it, you get something like FSZ, where idiots can endlessly create sockpuppets, talk to themselves, and pretend they’re being clever when they’re actually just like thieves in Amish country walking through an unlocked door and rifling through someone’s closet.

32. Heather-Rose Ryan - 17 December 2008

So what is your real name, Hair Club?

33. melvin - 17 December 2008

It was a Slow Tuesday Night at FSZ. So far, dfq has only been banned twice and reinstated one. But it’s early yet.

This was truly one of the greatest works of philosophy to appear during the early and medium hours of the night.

34. Heather-Rose Ryan - 17 December 2008

Oh hi, melvin. While you’re here, you can tell us your real name too.

Do you have one?

35. Heather-Rose Ryan - 17 December 2008

melvin, I remember when you were a handmaiden of the Kossacks. When did that stop? I guess they must have thrown you out.

36. marisacat - 17 December 2008

hi melvin…

Pretty sure I missed at least one banning of dfq (hard to keep up!)… but up at #30, up thread, I did link to the Lauren S diary with his last effort… or whatever it was……………..

IMO he and Jack are a pair.

37. Hair Club for Men - 17 December 2008

So what is your real name, Hair Club?

I thought everybody knew it. There’s a link to my homepage posted on the left column of this site.

http://www.rogouski.com/

I use a “handle” for my timewasting activities because I don’t necessarily want them showing up on Google searches.

Typing out my full name on these kinds of discussion boards is a bit like posting videos of yourself on NJ Transit talking into a cell phone saying “hello I’m on the train. I’m on the train.”

38. Hair Club for Men - 17 December 2008

Right column of the site.

39. Hair Club for Men - 17 December 2008

This is one of the coolest images ever.

http://tinyurl.com/5tu6px

Anarchist banner hung on the Parthenon.

40. Hair Club for Men - 17 December 2008

The violence unleashed on Palestinian children will, one day, be the violence unleashed on Israeli children. This is the tragedy of Gaza. This is the tragedy of Israel.

I know Hedges is one of the most vocal supporters of the Palestinians and probably lost his job at the New York Times partly because he was willing to call Israel for what it is.

But he’s being way to kind to Israel here.

I was born at about the same time Nixon started bombing Cambodia and I’ve never paid the price at the hands of any Southeast Asian.

Hedges, of course, is kind of a liberal Christian so maybe he believes in some kind of divine justice or retribution, in some kind of karmic justice.

But to me this just looks like a crime, pure and simple, perpetuated by the world’s fourth largest military and funded by the world’s only superpower.

I’d love to see those Israeli soldiers have to fight the Russian army or something, bastards.

41. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Think he made harsher statements in other parts of the article… that was the sort of wrap, close.

42. marisacat - 17 December 2008

39

Backdropped by the ancient Parthenon, protesters can be seen after they placed giant banners off the Acropolis hill, in Athens, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2008. Protesters in Greece have hung the two banners over the ancient monument’s walls with slogans calling for mass demonstrations and ‘resistance’ after days of violent protest sparked by the fatal police shooting of a teenager in Athens.
(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

That is a great shot…

43. Hair Club for Men - 17 December 2008

Think he made harsher statements in other parts of the article… that was the sort of wrap, close.

Yes. I just read the whole article.

BTW, even the biggest Israeli human rights organization uses the term “apartheid” now.

http://tinyurl.com/5hu4eh

“In the real world where there are real terrorist threats, the choice is between roadblocks and protracted waiting [for Palestinians] or roads for Palestinians.” he said.

ACRI wrote that while South Africa had been a case of a “racist separation criterion” the one applied in the occupied terirories is “ethnic-national.”

44. Hair Club for Men - 17 December 2008

That is a great shot

I hope that totalitarian bastard Plato is rolling over in his grave 🙂

45. melvin - 17 December 2008

You are as sweet and pleasant as always I see, hrh. Would you like my street address and phone number as well?

46. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Here is another shot of the signs at the Acropolis…

LINK

47. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

very well, As most everyone seems to know one another…carry on.

48. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2008

I blog under my handle because I have for 6 years and people know it – no sleight of hand or sockpuppetry.

Me too, but I certainly understand people who fly even lower under the radar. I think it’s fun … like a masqued ball.

49. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2008

That story at the top of this post is horrible, and sadly one that can be told many, many times about US war crimes.

Off to work.

50. marisacat - 17 December 2008

This really did make me laugh.. From First Read email:

*** Axe This Morning: Obama adviser David Axelrod, who makes most mild-mannered people seem high-strung, dodged just about every question fairly deftly on “Morning Joe” this morning. He disputed the notion that Rahm and Obama helped run Blago’s campaign in 2002. Axe said the characterization was not right. Asked if there’s a disconnect between Rahm and the rest of the Obama team, he said absolutely not. “Rahm’s been magnificent” during the transition. On Valerie Jarrett and other members of the Obama team and being at the top of the list, Axelrod wouldn’t answer the question about Jarrett because he wants to wait until everything is revealed next week.

LOL Neither Obama NOR Rahm knows Blago and they have no idea where anyone got such a cwazy idea. Weally. It is highly possible that Obama did not know Rahm til sometime in October.

And remember, Ob is Hawai’ian.

51. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

“I believe” FRANK GAFFNEY needs to die.
Somebody needs to “aerosol can” HIS ass.

HuffPo and the demi-Lefters applause for Matthews should be a little muted, tho.

Still “shocked” Tweety tells ya on his Father Flanagan for Senate Hour.
Rendell was heard to be boosting Matthews the guy who, uh,- works for GE.

Jesus, couldn’t some gaffer in a studio just clock Gaffney with some metal bar stock? Say it was Necessary?

I see the media congealing around some Transformational Confession reguarding (sic) Iraq while going through the mo with Ob,
{We’ve got it right this time!},
as we Plow. Right. Into. Pakistan.
It’s not really Bin Laden we’re after.
The People To Be Liquidated Next™
are independent minded Pakistanis, especially among
their technical and professional class.
“We need that Land Route Damn It! “, will be the rational,
who “we” are, what “we” need to know, lost like so many
monitors “tuned into” Blogs…

How it’s going to be paid for I don’t know.
Maybe just forced Labor and Monopoly money to stake our Wars
and those so very mad off,
you know, until the next BIG Payoff comes in…

…maybe we’ll Yogurt Mine our way out of it,
all work as Defense Contractors in one form or other..

52. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Asked if there’s a disconnect between Rahm and the rest of the Obama team, he said absolutely not.

Translation; Rahm’s gonna get the axe.LOL.
Return to Rahm the Controversial Congressman shtick.
Ease him out with:
“Rahm’s just Rahm __, really a ‘good fighter’ that Slop.
I think Axelrod is in better position of hanging on,
always a handler, closer to Daley.
Consigliere, not into actually chopping off fingers much less his own.
My take anyways.
He will dodge the Demerits Rahm has as potty mouth sitting Congressman, , crooked Campaign Money shake down artist…

FWIW, Smalltalk going around that Rahm is exposed to
Misprision of Felony
Hey, works for me, anything to expose the rot….

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 1 > § 4

§ 4. Misprision of felony

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Another Brief Header on Holder:

Holder omitted Blagojevich link on questionnaire

Announced as a ‘special investigator’
to the Illinois Gaming Board’ in 2004.

The Gaming Board, JJjr’s wif , LOVELY.
Seems like Holder’s stockin trade is
Softball Prosecutorial Affirmative Action.

53. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Don’t miss it. dfq is done with the “NutRoots” – and just below that none other than that great political luminary, donkeytale, declares there is no left. I am guessing he is declaring he alone upholds the standard. A whack job whacking away..

54. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Ouch on the Holder

Blagojevich and Holder appeared together at a March 24, 2004, news conference to announce Holder’s role as “special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board” — a post that was to pay Holder and his Washington, D.C. law firm up to $300,000.

55. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

53Don’t miss it. dfq is…
LOL.Jesus,Mcat. I just sobered up for breakfast.

56. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Well Holder was and is a bad choice. I think he is weak, aside from whatever else. Too compromised. I hope he goes down… not that it measn we get better.

I so wanna know, how did people like Holder and Richardson fill out that 64 ? questionnaire… LOL. Maybe one question should have been, any phone calls to Blago..if so fess up now…. And, any campaign monies that will be embarrassing… LOL.

57. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008
58. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

It is amusing their little show, StupidAsshole quoting Dave’s “done”

” I risk the danger of becoming just like them in order to stop them. I can’t let that happen, it would destroy the person I am. I will find other hobbies to do and maybe I’ll post some stuff here ..

Nothin like cold turkey.

then Melvin
In all honesty, I think dave needs to take a break and (2.50 / 2)
consider some counseling.”

Hard to keep these carny carnates straight, tho.
Donkeytale was the Mike Dukakis in A Tank, “Shadowthief”, here, no?

59. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Soo adept at excreting excuses… (Ambinder full text no embedded links):

17 Dec 2008 08:46 am

Card Checkin’ Across The Universe

That’s…. 57 votes in favor of cloture now. In-cycle Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas formally opposes the Employee Free Choice Act. She says it’s “not necessary” right now. BTW: Lincoln’s potential GOP opponent? Tim Griffin, the former White House political aide / Eastern District of Arkansas prosecutor / Karl Rove protege / native Arkansas / Iraq war veteran. Griffin says he’ll make up his mind early next year. Democrats need 60 votes, or they might not even bring EFCA to the floor for a vote.

LOL Rubber stamped EXCUSES.

60. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Don’t miss the link seems like these PoliBlog PwogBog spin offs are runs at click thru revenue.. A lot of it IMO. Very littlemeat on the bones Politically. Regardless of locale, some erstwhile SoHo types payin the rent with their drahma..said to be quite the cottage industry..

61. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Oh they are going to boink “The Labor Agenda” quite hard.
It will be interesting to see Labor Leaderships spin on this, frankly the same Fall Down scam the Party runs…They’re FUND MANAGERS. Most would love if their constituency dwindled down to one 105 year old miner’s wife.

62. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Hard to keep these carny carnates straight, tho.

A lot of it reminds me of the manic hacker/troll profiled in a NYT Sunday mag article a few months ago . . . who screamed, “We want all of these bloggers off the Internet NOW!”

Cyberworld seems to be yet another venue where personal pathologies and political agenda meet, marry, mate, self-propagate, and even, sometimes, divorce.

63. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Vilsack and Salazar official, according to AP.

64. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Henh. Good times.

….Rickards will lay out his worst case scenarios in a lecture sponsored by the Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy tonight. And his forecasts aren’t for the faint of heart. All that puts Rickards decidedly outside mainstream economic and political thinking in America. But he does have an influential audience: the United States intelligence and defense communities.

Rickards is a regular adviser on financial issues to the director of national intelligence’s office, and he lends his financial advice to the national security community.

His lecture comes as part of an annual “Rethinking Seminar” produced by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory…

{…Hedger in the DOD Door, buuut…..}

The Bait Effect

Terrorists, and al Qaeda in particular, are fascinated with the idea of destroying the U.S. economy. Rickards worries that the economic meltdown in the United States could serve as bait of sorts for a terrorist attack, as plotters calculate that a strike now could have a “force multiplier” effect because of the already skittish U.S. stock market.

{Snip}

The Alternate-Dollar Nightmare

“The Number One vulnerability is the dollar itself,” Rickards concluded. “We’re printing them and shoving them out the door, and the Fed is basically out of bullets.

{ Always the Bullets…Then PRINT the motherfuckers. }

….So why hasn’t the dollar collapsed? The short answer is, global investors don’t have any other choice.” That is, there simply aren’t enough Euro- or Yen-backed securities for investors to shift their money out of dollars and into some other currency.

But what if some kind of global coalition – say a trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund allied with several countries around the world – banded together to create a gold-backed alternative to the dollar?

Rickards says investors – many of whom already resent that they have no alternative to the dollar – would sell American currency in huge numbers to take advantage of the new opportunity. “If that happens, that’s the end of the dollar,” Rickards said. “You’d have high unemployment, deflation, and interest rates would go up. It would take what already looks like a strong recession and make it a Great Depression or worse.

65. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008
66. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

I love how “skittish” is applied to the Markets.
Quite so it seems, a lurid Merchant of Venice sendup…

67. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Maybe someone can give a frank talk on the Yiddish American Markets

68. Heather-Rose Ryan - 17 December 2008

37. I use a “handle” for my timewasting activities because I don’t necessarily want them showing up on Google searches.

Really? Why not?

48. I think it’s fun … like a masqued ball.

Well, maybe for the first five minutes.

After 20 years on the internet, I’ve come to the conclusion that the easy anonymity afforded by the medium is the main reason the discourse is so worthless.

69. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Terrorists, and al Qaeda in particular, are fascinated with the idea of destroying the U.S. economy.

Well that is a horselaugh. Makes us minions of their desires. 🙄 We must be highly susceptible to Islamist religious chanting…

70. mattes - 17 December 2008

Anyone know the latest on Greece?

And something about American Embassies in Europe receiving white powder?

71. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Donkeytale was the Mike Dukakis in A Tank, “Shadowthief”, here, no?

If I’m understanding your question (belatedly), I think dtale was frtitz the cat or variations thereof, when he was dogging people here. Shadowthief was a Brit ex-military persona of the Blogging Curmudgeon, according to Curmudgette of MLW, who co-ran a site with him at some point.

If I recall that cycle correctly.

72. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

something about American Embassies in Europe receiving white powder….

I hear the both the blow and skag in Athens is fabulous.

73. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Feds: Suspicious packages sent to Guard, Reserve

An internal Dec. 16 report from the Department of Homeland Security said the 51 packages included anti-war compact discs, and one package also had a suspicious powder. It said the powder, sent in a package to Utah’s National Guard headquarters in Draper, was tested and found not to be toxic.

All the packages were postmarked from Tennessee, according to Homeland Security, and they started arriving at the Guard facilities on December 12.

The FBI is investigating these and similar incidents.

Fifteen U.S. embassies in Europe have also received letters containing a suspicious white substance, and tests have shown 14 of them to be harmless, State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood said Wednesday. Test results for the substance in one of the letters has not yet been received, he said.

74. lucid - 17 December 2008

64 & 69

So we’re finally recognizing JP Morgan Chase for the terrorist organization it is?

75. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

LOL. New bail Deal set up on Madoff will only cost him and the wife the houses in Palm Beach and the Hamptons
WHEN they flee to Israel or some facile’d protectorate…his sons wouldn’t sign so Gorenstein the Judge accommodated with ankle bandies…

The SEC?

On Tuesday night, the Securities and Exchange Commission offered a mea culpa, saying that that it had missed repeated opportunities to discover what may be the largest financial fraud in history, a Ponzi scheme whose losses could run as high as $50 billion.

The commission said it received credible allegations about the scheme at least nine years ago and will immediately open an internal investigation to examine why it had failed to pursue them aggressively.

The S.E.C. issued the statement hours after Mr. Madoff discussed the fraud with federal authorities at a meeting in New York on Tuesday, according to people briefed on the meeting.

“Our initial findings have been deeply troubling,” Christopher Cox, the S.E.C. chairman, said in his statement. The commission received “credible and specific allegations regarding Mr. Madoff’s financial wrongdoing,” but did not respond aggressively, he said.

…..

One of the commission’s investigative teams that had examined the Madoff firm was headed by a lawyer named Eric Swanson, who served for 10 years as a lawyer at the commission and left in 2006 while he was an assistant director of the office of compliance inspections and examinations in Washington.

In 2007, Mr. Swanson married Shana Madoff, a niece of Bernard L. Madoff and daughter of his brother, Peter Madoff, the firm’s chief compliance officer. Ms. Madoff is the firm’s compliance attorney.

The United Gangster States of America.

76. Heather-Rose Ryan - 17 December 2008

45. You are as sweet and pleasant as always I see, hrh.

Yes, I am 🙂

Would you like my street address and phone number as well?

Why would that be necessary? Bookstores are full of books whose authors use their real names but don’t publish their contact information.

Why so cagey about the real-name thing? Hmm?

77. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Hmmm. Need to balance things out…

I Wonder How the Vatican’s Pedo Trust Fund Accounts are Fairing…

78. bayprairie - 17 December 2008

marisa said

and just below that none other than that great political luminary, donkeytale, declares there is no left. I am guessing he is declaring he alone upholds the standard.

all that idiot knows about the left is that wayyyyyy back in the early 70s being “on the left” was the only way he could get dates.

after that phase he moved on to polyester.

79. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

From poking around the Vatican PR,
{what else but “poke” applies?}

they say they avoided derivitives.
{ other than the meaning of turned cheeks}

It looks like the Vatican will live , fab shoes on the Pontiff and all,
to molest again.

On another topic, great pic on top of this article
on Belarus in the Herald Tribune. It is so US

The Russosphere piece on Belarus above is Not so comfy, I’m sure for the rest of the EU when the piece is read
with another article in the IHT Allies see Germany trying bailout with a thimble

80. bayprairie - 17 December 2008

If I’m understanding your question (belatedly), I think dtale was frtitz the cat or variations thereof, when he was dogging people here.

yes, as well as variants, and donkeytale as well. iirc he was zipped up due to a terminal case of potty mouth.

81. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

AG recuses himself from Madoff fraud probe

At the Justice Department, a spokesman said that Attorney General Michael Mukasey had recused himself from the investigation into Madoff. Mukasey’s son, Marc Mukasey, is representing Frank DiPascali, a top financial officer at Madoff’s investment firm.

82. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

BBC:

Blackwater should be dropped as the main private security contractor for US diplomats in Iraq, a US State Department panel has recommended.

Its report, commissioned by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, says the company’s contract should not be renewed when it expires next year.

::snip::

A decision on the recommendation will be left to the incoming Obama administration, which will be in office when Blackwater’s contract comes up for renewal.

How cute is that?

83. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

Back to Madoff, back to Teh Clinton in fact…

“…The commission said it received credible allegations about the scheme at least nine years ago and will immediately open an internal investigation to examine why it had failed to pursue them aggressively.”

Nine Years Ago : 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 + 1 makes 9 YEARS AGO.

Clinton Admin, Right?

Arthur Levitt Jr. (born 1931)
was the twenty-fifth and longest serving Chairman
of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC) from 1993 to 2001.

Widely hailed as a champion of the individual investor,
{ “Individual Investor”? Ha! Who? Madoff? }

he has been criticized for
not pushing for tougher accounting rules.
Since May 2001 he has been employed as a senior adviser at the Carlyle Group.[1]

84. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

All just plum fuck sprung up overnight.
If we were smart, we would just green light the Russians and Chinese
on coming to collect their money.

85. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

79 Nice.
Schumer and DiFi padded Mukaseys bottom at the confirm. Great pic on top of that article too. All play there parts so well…

86. mattes - 17 December 2008

#73….”anti-war compact discs”, oh great, the next identified terrorists.

87. BooHooHooMan - 17 December 2008

*their

88. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

81 – Yeah, that’s what I thought when I saw it, too.

89. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Oops . . . think I’ve got something in moderation again – link to a BBC article about State Dept report recommending Blackwater’s contract not be renewed – which is throwing off the numbers. My last was to mattes, about the anti-war angle in the story.

But the DiFi and Schumer pic was a timely lookback, for sure.

90. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Sorry! Multioples from BHHM, bayprairie out of Moderaton… and one ffrom Intermittent Bystander…

Sorry! for the dealy…

91. mattes - 17 December 2008

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg offers an interesting excerpt from “A World Of Trouble,” a forthcoming book by Patrick Tyler on the White House and the Middle East. In this scene, CIA director George Tenet, drunk on scotch at Saudi Prince Bandar’s pool, rants about Bush administration “Jews” who are “setting me up” to take the fall for the false WMD claims:

A servant appeared with a bottle. Tenet knocked back some of the scotch. Then some more. They watched with concern. He drained half the bottle in a few minutes.

“They’re setting me up. The bastards are setting me up,” Tenet said, but “I am not going to take the hit.”

“According to one witness, he mocked the neoconservatives in the Bush administration and their alignment with the right wing of Israel’s political establishment, referring to them with exasperation as, “the Jews.”

http://jeffreygoldberg.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/12/george_tenet_drunk_in_bandars.php

92. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Just so typical of Obster:

17 Dec 2008 01:07 pm

Rick Warren To Give Invocation At The Inauguration; John Williams, Aretha, Yo-Yo MA, I. Perlman, Too

Here’s a bit of a surprise: Dr. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church will give the formal invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration. The good pro-life theologian first met Obama in 2006 at a Saddleback AIDS forum in California.

When I interviewed Obama last year, he told me that the moment was integral to his decision to run for president; when was the last time, he had asked himself, when a Democrat had had such dialog with pastors about AIDS? … snip….

93. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Lady Caroline doesn’t decline questions, no she ignores them.

…”What do you say to New Yorkers who think you’re not qualified?” a newspaper reporter asked.

She ignored the question and started to leave.

“Are you ready for this, Ms. Kennedy? You’re not going to answer questions at all?” reporters yelled.

“Where are you heading next?” a television reporter asked.

“To the car,” Kennedy said.

“What do you say to New Yorkers who think you’re not ready or qualified for this job?”

“Have you ever been to Syracuse before?”

“Hopefully I can come back and answer all your questions,” Kennedy said as reporters followed her outside.

“What do you think your greatest qualification is to be senator?” a reporter persisted.

“You’re seeking public office and you don’t want to answer questions from reporters, Ma’am? When can we expect you to answer questions?” another reporter asked as Kennedy got into the passenger seat of a black GMC Denali. …snip…

94. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Thanks, MCat.

Good thinking on the fair-and-balanced crime syndicate reporting, BHHM.

Nice shirt, bayprairie!

92 AND 93 – So much for the Alka-Seltzer cure. ::Rummages through cabinets looking for stronger stuff to cope with coming Hopemageddon::

Anyway, I can’t put it off any longer. Gotta sweep a few inches of wet snow off the vee-hickle before any more precip or temp changes make the idea of a grocery run even less appealing later.

95. marisacat - 17 December 2008

After the meeting, Driscoll said he talked to Kennedy about the need for high-speed, uninterrupted rail service linking Upstate cities, about the environmental and green movements in Central New York and about the challenges facing downtown Syracuse.

The mayor said he got the sense she was “well-read” and was aware of those issues, but said, “I can’t say if I got any sense one way or the other” about her her knowledge of Upstate New York.

He said that Kennedy did not say if she had ever been to Syracuse before.

96. lucid - 17 December 2008

I’ve been to Syracuse… can I be appointed now? 🙂

97. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Illinois SC declines to take up the Madigan motion to declare Blagster disabled.

Sounds like ti was a madhouse in the Leg too, over this… Blago atty is demanding to hear the tapes, points out that no one has. 😆

LOL… he may hang on… who knows.

98. marisacat - 17 December 2008

via The Page (linking to NYDN and NYT):

In her second stop in upstate New York Wednesday Kennedy answers reporters when asked about her qualifications to replace Clinton.

Says in Rochester: “It’s not a campaign, but I have had a lifelong commitment to public service. I’ve written books on the Constitution and the importance of indivdiual participation.”

“I’ve raised my family, (have made a) commitment to education in New York City, training principals, working for kids, and I think I really could help bring change to Washington.”

Earlier: She spreaks briefly to reporters in Syracuse, mostly brushes off questions on her credentials.

99. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Aaargh. Dude who was supposed to show up and finish framing in my frickin front door (an appt made a week ago, after he couldn’t do it all in one go) has now called and left a message with the landlord saying he can’t come because his wife wants to go Xmas shopping and he can’t get a babysitter. Meanwhile, I organized half my week around being here today at 5.

Gnash gnash gnash.

100. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Well, this could be the first of many unhappy returns.

Atrios has named Obama his Wanker of the Day, with a link to CNN on the Rick Warren invocation.

101. marisacat - 17 December 2008

Meanwhile, I organized half my week around being here today at 5.

Oh I am so sorry to hear that… the worst/hardest thing for me is waiting for deliveries or work/service people, so I sympathise.

PLuS you need the door framed off in winter.

102. marisacat - 17 December 2008

He should have picked a noted theologian. Hell I cannot stand Wright, but Cone makes a lot of sense to me.

There is a difference. And it is the COLLECTION PLATE. Partly.

103. Intermittent Bystander - 17 December 2008

Yeah, waiting sucks, especially when you have reason to believe the person you’re waiting for (and now, waiting for a new appointment with) is reliably unreliable and might blow it all off at the last minute anyway. He was two hours late for the first visit, too, which was complete with landlord on premises at pre-arranged time, checking the dude’s whereabouts by cell phone every half-hour.

Fortunately, door is not too bad in present state, what with the frickin blanket hanging over it and other self-help, stop-draft measures in place.

Having Warren do the invocation is really rubbing people’s noses in what’s to come, I fear. Wonder how many people just canceled their plans to travel to DC for the big fat blessed event.

104. catnip - 17 December 2008

Alrighty. I see Dave has fingered someone else as being Major Flaw.

Stay tuned later when he deletes those posts too.

105. marisacat - 17 December 2008

yes this (Warren) some people might notice. Meanwhile his CoS is all but in hiding.. but nobody is noticing…

New Thread

LINK

…………. 🙄 …………….


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